Great Couples in Gaming for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a day of mixed emotions. For some, it’s a day to celebrate the richest relationships in our lives, while others bitterly resent those so lucky. Still, for those without a special someone, it can be a day of optimism and hope. Many will take in a sappy RomCom, or their favorite love novel. But in the past 10-15 years, the lives of gamers have been enriched by the great couples in our favorite games. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, take a little time to celebrate not only the love you have or hope to have in your life, but the love we’ve all been able to experience in our favorite gaming couples.
Half-Life – Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance
Gordon first met Alyx Vance during a desperate dash across the rooftops of City 17 during the opening level of Half-Life 2, and it was love at first ass-kicking. Alyx was the perfect foil for Gordon’s silent stoicism, bringing life and warmth to a dark and dismal scenario. As Gordon and Alyx journey through the events of Half-Life 2 and its subsequent two episodes, a deep relationship is formed, complete with the blessing of Alyx’s father Eli. While it seems this love story will never see a proper conclusion, Gordon and Alyx belong together, driving their fanboat through the canals into the sunset.
Bioshock Infinite – Booker and Elizabeth
Booker and Elizabeth’s relationship ends up, well, complicated, but there’s no denying the intriguing chemistry between these two. As you journey throughout the floating city of Colombia, the true breadth of character of Elizabeth is shown as she struggles against the strange challenges that lie in front of her and Booker. While they may not be destined to be together, Booker and Elizabeth are an unforgettable duo.
Mass Effect – Shepard and (your choice)
The heart and soul of the Mass Effect series from the very beginning lies in the deep, meaningful relationships you are able to form with your crew. So much so, that the final DLC Citadel was a goodbye party for the wonderful friends and lovers you’ve made across your journey. So, whether you decided to stick with Liara all the way from Mass Effect 1, started a new relationship every game along the way, or any combination otherwise, the one choice you SHOULDN’T make is to end up alone.
Shadow of the Colossus – Wander and Mono
Would you be willing to kill a 100 foot tall behemoth to save your true love? How about 16 of them? Would you risk not just your life, but the lives of countless others, as well as your eternal soul? Wander is willing to do all this and more for his one true love, and while things may not have worked out quite how he intended, the love and determination Wander shows for Mono is truly admirable.
All Super Mario Games – Mario and Peach
Ending on a lighter note, Mario and Peach are the classic gaming couple. Yes, the ‘Rescue the Princess’ plotline has gone back and forth through the ringer as countless games have imitated, satirized, lampooned, inverted, criticized, ironized, eroticized, praised, and many other references to the formula. But with over 250 titles in the full franchise and no sign of stopping, it holds true. Mario and Peach are here to stay, through thick and thin, kidnapping and tennis, 2D and 3D, and beyond.
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